In 2017, for the seventh time, International Conference On Islam In Malay World (ICON IMAD) was held in cooperation between four universities from four countries namely Postgraduate Program of State Islamic University Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung, Indonesia with Post-Student Program of Islamic Studies Academy of University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia; Islamic College Prince of Songkla University of Thailand and Sultan Sharif Ali University of Brunei Darussalam. Insha Allah in 2017 will join two universities from two countries, namely from Singapore and Philippines. The theme of ICON IMAD VII, 2017 is: “Strengthening the Moderate Malay Islam in Southeast Asia.
This year’s agenda is the continuation of the ICON IMAD event six years earlier. Implementation of ICON IMAD I held in Bandung on 19-22 November 2011, ICON IMAD II held in APIUM 2012, ICON IMAD III held in Bandung in 2013, and ICON IMAD IV held at Klana Beach Resort Port Dickson (Komplek Baitul Hilal), Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia with APIUM on 19-21 September 2014; ICON IMAD V held at Prince Songkla University, Pattani 12-14 September 2015 and ICON IMAD VI held at the University of Sultan Sharif Ali, UNISSA, Brunei on 20-22 September 2016.
The big issues discussed in the last three activities in Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei Darussalam are about Moderate Malay Islam. Moderate attitudes become common attitudes among scientists and at the same time become scientific studies, as the middle path of the extreme left and right that is now strengthened. Moderate is the middle ground of all attitudes that develop on the basis of a critical attitude and openness to every chosen path of truth. The attitude which is in Al-Qur’an surah Al-Baqarah verse 143 is illustrated as the social attitude of the ummatan called ummatan wasathan. The word wasath means middle, moderate, middle way, balanced between the extreme left and right. Ummatan washatan is a people who behave, minded, and acted fair and proportionate between material and spiritual interests. The principle of balance (mizan) becomes the basis. There is no need to overdo it in acting.
I would like to express my gratitude for the hard work of the UIN Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung’s management and staff. Thanks to their contribution, the UIN Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung has been able to continually improve the service quality and sustain its ongoing development.
A successful conference is the sum of many important parts. I’d like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to all the various committees that have worked hard to make this conference a success. I’m sure you will join me in sending a particular big thanks to the local organising committee, the secretaries and the numerous technical people who made the whole thing happen. A conference is only as good as the people that attend and the standard of the work that is presented; we like to think that the ICON IMAD VII was a very good conference indeed, and I would like to thank you – the participants – for making it so.
Dr. H. Dindin Djamaluddin
Organizing Committee Chairman ICON IMAD VII